Smoothie recipes are tricky because you’re dealing with mother nature and however she may grow your fruit. Sizes vary, ripeness varies, and sweetness varies depending on the season. There are a lot of variables! So while I’m about to give you rough measurements for what I put in my low carb blueberry smoothie, just know, these are rough measurements.
A great tip for making smoothies is to blend all your ingredients together then do a taste test. I know it seems simple, and you’re probably saying, um duh! but sometimes all you need to take a smoothie from good to holy sh*t! is an extra drop of vanilla. And coming from my own experience, once I pour a smoothie into a finished glass I rarely pour it back into the blender… even if it could use a bit of tweaking. So always taste test it before you pour!
Low Carb Blueberry Smoothie
- 1/4 Frozen Banana
- 1 Tablespoon Hemp Hearts (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon Almond Butter
- 1/4 Avocado
- small handful Spinach
- 1/4 Cup Frozen Blueberries
- pinch Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 teaspoon Cacao Nibs
- 1 scoop Collagen Powder (optional)
- as needed Water or Mylk
- 1/4 teaspoon Vitamin C Powder (optional)
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Benefits of the Ingredients…
Hemp Hearts are a great super food to add to your smoothie. They don’t affect the flavor or texture which is why I put it as an optional ingredient. But they do add a whole lot of nutrients to your cup like protein, healthy fats, omega 3’s, gamma-linolenic acid (a type of omega 6 that has MANY health benefits), and vitamin E (which is an excellent antioxidant, plus it supports healthy hair, skin, and nails).
The Avocado in this smoothie adds a whole lot of creamy delicious texture and healthy fats without the avocado taste. I like my smoothies to have a good amount of fat and protein in them to soften the glucose impact and give my insulin a fighting chance, no matter how low carb the smoothie might be.
I always add a pinch of pink Himalayan salt to my smoothies to really bring out the flavor of the ingredients I’m using. Pink salt is loaded with minerals and helps to replace electrolytes, making it the perfect addition to your super food smoothie.
Cacao Nibs are most well known for being a powerful antioxidant. But did you also know that they are great for your circulatory system?! Cacao Nibs are dried, fermented bits of a cacao bean before anything thing has been added to it to make it chocolate.
Collagen Powder is a protein powder made from beef collagen. I like to make sure my collagen is coming from grass-fed, pasture raised cows, which is why I like the brand Vital Proteins. Collagen is flavorless and odorless making it the perfect addition to ANY flavor smoothie. There are SO many benefits of collagen in the diet, it really deserves it’s own post, but in short, it helps with leaky gut, improves skin elasticity, helps the cardiovascular system, it’s great for joint support, and brain health… just to name a few.
Mylk, what the heck is mylk? Mylk is simply any kind of non-dairy milk… so nut milks (like almond, cashew, walnut), seed milks (like hemp), coconut milk, or soy milk would qualify as mylk.
Vitamin C powder is a great super food to add to your smoothie for immune support. When choosing a vitamin C powder it’s important to look for camu camu in the ingredients. Camu Camu is the most nutrient dense food source of vitamin C, it’s high in antioxidants, and helps to balance the nervous system. …and like collagen powder, this super food really deserves it’s own post.
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